CONTRACT FARMING PLAN CAN REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON IMPORTED VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KOTA BAHARU, July 9 (Bernama) -- The implementation of contract farming programme between Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) and the farmers is able to reduce the dependence on imported vegetables and fruits.

Deputy Director, Fama Eastern Region 1, Mohamad Fadlee Hassan said the programme would not only increase the farmers' income but also guaranteed a market for their farm produce.

"Fama is a mediator to the farmers in marketing their farm produce to wholesalers.

"The programme, under the concept of 'from farm directly to consumers', is among the government's alternatives to help farmers market their farm production more systematically and the farmers don't have to take risks," he said.

He said this to reporters after the signing of a contract farm sales and purchase commitment agreement at the Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) here today.

At the ceremony, five farmers and two wholesalers signed an agreement with Fama involving five products namely brinjal, cucumber, lady's finger, gourd and chillies.

"The vegetable farming is expected to produce 12 metric tonnes within one month," he said.

Meanwhile, a wholesaler at RTC Kelantan Sahidi Che Mud said the agreement would enable him to broaden the market for his business as a wholesaler and distributor of vegetables and fruits.

He said the vegetables and fruits supplied by Fama are of quality due to the short delivery period.

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